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Oct 13 2011
Randolph Heading to Ethiopia on Polio Mission PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 October 2011

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            Local insurance agent Ed Randolph is taking part in what's slated to be Rotary International's final push in eradicating polio in Ethiopia. He isn't a Rotarian, but his good friend, Ezra Teshome who lives in Seattle, is. Teshome is also from Ethiopia and met Randolph years ago working for the same insurance company. Randolph says he's wanted to take the trip for a long time.

            Randolph will traveling with six other Rotarians from Washington. His wife, a Rotarian in Fairbanks, will also be on the trip. They will arrive in Addis Ababa on Saturday and then travel to an area near the Sudan border where they will spend six days administering polio vaccinations.

            Teshome is well-known for his efforts in eradicating polio in Ethiopia. He was named one of Time Magazine's Heroes of World Health in 2005. Through Teshome the group will get to meet and spend time with the president of Ethiopia

            The state department currently advises against travel to the country but Randolph isn't worried about their safety.

            After their time in Ethiopia, Randolph and his wife will travel to Kenya for five days before returning to Alaska.

 
Oct 12 2011
Pick Click Give Helping Support Local Nonprofits PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 October 2011

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            Charitable organizations across the state recently learned how much money they'll be receiving from this year's Pick. Click. Give initiative. The Kodiak Womens Resource and Crisis Center received $3,100. Executive Director Rebecca Shields says the money will go a long way.

            Baranov Museum Executive Director Katie Oliver says the museum plans to use their $1,200 towards exhibit development. Besides increasing their funds, Oliver says the donations actually help when it comes time to write grants.

            The application deadline for organizations to participate in the program is the same as it is for Permanent Fund Dividend applicants. If an organization doesn't sign on by March 31st then they can't participate. That may be why KWRCC and the Kodiak Senior Center- which received over $1,300 this year- aren't on next year's list of participants.

            Jordan Marshall is the special projects manager at The Rasmuson Foundation, one of the non-profit organizations leading the Pick. Click. Give. program. He says one of the reasons an organization might decide against participating in the program is the $250 participation fee.

            Of the nearly 400 non-profits that participated, 21 of them didn't receive more than $250. The University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak campus is one of them, only netting $125.

            Other organizations that benefited from this year's PFD windfall include the Alaska Marine Conservation council with $3,725, Kodiak Baranof Productions (Kodiak Arts Council) with $2,075, the Maritime Museum with $2,175 and Kodiak Public Broadcasting (KMXT) with $1,700.

            There are six new local non-profits on the list for 2012. They include the Alutiiq Museum, Hope Community Resources, the Humane Society of Kodiak, Island Trails Network, the Kodiak Public Library Association and The Salvation Army.

 
Oct 12 2011
Mental Health Providers Offering Depression Screening PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 October 2011

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            Depression is a serious medical condition, which not only affects an individual's happiness, but also job performance, personal relationships and those around you. During the winter it can affect more people because of a lack of sunshine - something called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD (sad). To help identify depression before it gets out of hand, residents in Kodiak are being offered a free, anonymous, screening on Thursday.

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Oct 12 2011
Lemas Retiring After 28 Years in Senior Center Kitchen PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 October 2011

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Departing Senior Center chef Joann Lemas (right) with incoming chef Tuk Larpkietseri. Lemas is retiring after 28 years and moving to Moose Pass to be closer to family. Jennifer Canfield photo

 

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            For 28 years Joann Lemas has run the kitchen at the Kodiak Senior Center. In November she will retire and leave behind many friends. KMXT's Jennifer Canfield visited during lunch one day this week and has the story.

 

 
Oct 12 2011
Bank, Chamber, Warn of Wells Fargo 'Phishing' Scam PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 October 2011

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An example of the scam e-mail sent to some Kodiak customers of Wells Fargo this week.

 

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            Enough people in Kodiak this week received an official looking e-mail they thought was from Wells Fargo bank that the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce sent out an alert, warning consumers of the identity theft phishing expedition. The fraudulent e-mail tried to entice its recipients into revealing their credit card number, ATM PIN and Social Security Number, among other information.

            Wells Fargo Kodiak Store Manager Jody Spivey said this sort of scam is not uncommon.

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